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About Niki Tudge
DogSmith of Inverness
Throughout her travels and career, Niki Tudge has pursued her passion of animals. Wherever she worked, she always became active rehabilitating abandoned and abused animals. In 1996 while working in Africa, Niki spearheaded a project, in cooperation with Fauna & Flora International - the world's longest-established international conservation charity working to save threatened species and ecosystems worldwide - to rescue endangered and protected species from poachers and transition them back to their natural environment. This project resulted in successfully saving numerous orphaned chimpanzees, and endangered drill monkeys and preuss monkeys.
It was also in Africa in 1998 where Niki began developing her skills as a Family Pet Dog Trainer. Working with the local Police K9 unit, Niki took German Shepherd puppies, deemed "unsuitable" for police work, and trained them to become wonderful family pet dogs suitable for adoption. Her favorite ex-police dog was adopted by a family in Oregon USA, where she lived out a very happy life on a Christmas tree farm.
Though her work with Africa's wild animals was fulfilling, Niki's first love was always the family pet dog. In 1998 inspired by research on Cape Hunting Dogs at the De Wild Cheetah and Wildlife Trust, where Niki was a regular visitor and contributor, Niki established a personal goal of working with local communities and animal rescue centers to improve the relationship between families and their pets. By teaching families to communicate with dogs and dogs to understand humans, Niki believes we can significantly reduce the number of stray, abandoned, neglected, abused and unwanted pets. Niki committed herself to support, through training, rescue facilities and shelters to improve the adoptability of dogs and educate pet owners so that dogs remain a happy, contented, loved, and fully integrated member of the family. "A trained dog is a retained dog" says Niki. Niki believes that there is nothing more delightful than a pet who can participate in family activities and understands how to cohabitate with humans.
My promise to you
As a DogSmith professional, I pledge to use my knowledge and skills for the benefit of pet owners and their pets.
I will practice my profession conscientiously with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of The DogSmith ethics, mission, vision and values.
I accept as a lifelong obligation, the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.
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